intr.v. de·murred, de·mur·ring, de·murs
1. To voice opposition; object: demurred at the suggestion. See Synonyms at object.
2. Law To enter a demurrer.
3. Archaic To delay.
1. The act of demurring.
2. An objection.
[Middle English demuren, to delay, from Anglo-Norman demurer, from Latin dēmorārī : dē-, de- + morārī, to delay (from mora, delay).]
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